ALLAHABAD, INDIA, February 10, 2013 (India Times): In a separate incident from the railway station disaster, two pilgrims were killed in a stampede at the Maha Kumbha Mela here on Sunday as over thirty million people converged for a holy dip on the occasion of Mauni Amavasya, considered the most auspicious day during the 12-yearly congregation.
The stampede broke out in Sector 12 of the mela area this evening killing a woman hailing from Varanasi and a middle-aged man, who had come from West Bengal, sector magistrate Abhay Raj told PTI.
A few other persons received minor injuries in the stampede which occurred due to rush of devotees who were returning from the river banks, he said, adding the situation was under control and the injured were undergoing treatment.
A sea of humanity converged on Sunday at the sprawling city of tents, spread across 6,000 acres, making it briefly the most populous place in the world.
Earlier, Kumbh Mela officer Mani Prasad Mishra said, "As per our estimates, thirty million people have taken a holy dip till 3 pm. The influx of visitors has slowed down a bit since then but the turn-out has already exceeded our expectations."
A sea of devotees kept surging towards the confluence of the holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati throughout the day, while the 13 akharas (monastic orders) took out their processions for the second shahi snan (royal bath) during the Mahakumbh.